Kite surfing is easy to practice safely with a little forethought and common sense. Ultimately we are responsible for minimising the risk to ourselves, and others, which will help protect the future of this great sport – be very CLEAR about your responsibilities. These rules are presented during our kitesurfing lessons.
CLEAR KITESURFING CONDITIONS
• wind strength
• wind direction
• always keep downwind area well clear
• waves, tides and currents
• consider possible changes
• before you launch, land, jump, jibe, etc.
• always complete a pre-flight check
• use a kite leash
• use a quick release on anything you hook into
• practise using your safety systems regularly so that it becomes instinctive
• never exceed manufacturers specifications
• always seek and listen to local advice
• do not exceed your limitations
• use judgement to prevent situations, do not rely on skill to try and get out of it
• others - be considerate and courteous to all other water and beach users as well as;
• the law
• fellow kiters - follow right of way rules
• the environment
RIGHT OF WAY RULES
The following Right of Way guidelines should be adhered to when Kitesurfing:
There is no absolute right of way - All parties should take any actions necessary to avoid a collision.
When two riders are on opposite tacks, the port tack rider shall alter course and/or kite position in order to keep clear of the starboard tack rider who should maintain the same course and speed.
When two or more riders are on the same tack with kite lines overlapped, the upwind rider(s) shall keep their kite high and the downwind rider(s) keep their kite low.
When two riders are on the same tack and are not overlapped, the rider behind shall ensure the rider ahead is aware of the rider approaching from behind.
Never deliberately manoeuvre into a right of way position so that it interferes with another water user. If you are behind another kite heading into the beach, turn early to allow the lead rider plenty of room to turn. Always check for other water users before water-starting, jibing, relaunching a kite or recovering a board.
A rider shall not jump if there is any danger of possible collision with another rider.
When wave riding, the first rider on the face of a wave has right of way. This may override the starboard tack rule.
All riders should be aware of and abide by all applicable federal, state and local government laws.
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